Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

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Monash University

12 points, SCA Band 2, 0.250 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

School of Rural Health


Dr Melinda Goodyear



  • First semester 2016 (Online)
  • Second semester 2016 (Online)


This unit is an introduction to research methods used in health research. It aims to equip students with the theoretical knowledge of research design and methods used in undertaking research, and the practical skills to conduct their own research. Students will develop skills in formulating research questions, searching the literature for evidence, identifying and understanding the components of rigorous research design, appropriate data collection strategies and data analysis techniques, and ensuring research is conducted in an ethically and culturally sensitive manner. By the end of the unit, student will have the necessary knowledge and skills to initiate their own research project as the basis for a minor thesis, or to conduct a research project within their workplace.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. Differentiate between the different theoretical approaches and methods used in conducting health research.
  2. Critically appraise research literature.
  3. Evaluatethe novelty and significance of a research study.
  4. Design a research project which is rigorous and ethical.
  5. Identify feasibility issues implementing a research study.


Web based quizzes (MCQ) (1 hour) (10%) (Hurdle)
Literature review (3,000 words) (25%) (Hurdle)
Presentation (25%) (Hurdle)
Ethics application (2,500 words) (30%) (Hurdle)
Discussion forum (1,000 words) (10%) (Hurdle)
Research integrity module (Hurdle)

Workload requirements

For this distance education unit, students are expected to undertake their work during private study time. Students will be expected to log onto Moodie on a regular basis for announcements and updates.

Students will need to undertake readings (available via Moodie) and view online materials (e.g. PowerPoint/audio/visual material).
Students will also be required to undertake regular formative activities. Students will be required to undertake all assessment activities as these are all hurdle requirements to ensure that all learning objectives are covered. The assessments will require preparation ranging from readings, writing and undertaking online activities (quizzes and forum discussions).

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